Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th November 2018, King Power Stadium, Leicester


Day 1




Registration, refreshments and exhibition opening

An opportunity to develop contacts with counterparts from across the public sector and innovative private sector vendors over a cup of tea or coffee


Welcoming remarks and introduction

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)


Morning keynote address: Update on youth justice reforms and YJB priorities

Speaker: Charlie Taylor, Chair, Youth Justice Board (Confirmed)

Speaker: Helga Swidenbank, Executive Director, Youth Custody Service (Confirmed)


Transition to breakout rooms



Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals (breakouts will be uploaded in due course)


Breakout 1A: Working in Partnership to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Young People


Breakout 1B: Youth Rehabilitation Order Reviews with Magistrates

Northamptonshire YOS presents its model for post-sentence YRO reviews with magistrates.  The reviews are hosted by NYOS, and magistrates are invited to join in considering progress made against the plans of work set out in PSR proposals.  Preliminary evaluation confirms NYOS’ experience that the process is enormously valuable for children, motivating their engagement as well as drawing in parents/carers, and workers from relevant agencies to pull together in plans to address the children’s needs and reduce their offending.  At the end of the seminar, NYOS will present a “starter pack” to support other YOTs that wish to adopt similar practice.

Speaker: Quentin Goodman, Operations Manager, Court Team Northamptonshire YOS (Confirmed)

Speaker: Dominic Goble, Bench Chairman, Northamptonshire Magistrate (Confirmed)


Breakout 1C: Creating a therapeutic environment in a YOI, step by step: the Secure Stairs framework

Clinical and operational leads from HMYOI Cookham Wood, alongside a service user and a commissioner, describe their perspectives on the journey of cultural change for the YOI since the inception of the Secure Stairs framework. Secure Stairs is a set of therapeutic and organisational principles, supported by a programme of funding, that has started to enable the transformation of secure custodial settings for young people in the UK. HMYOI Cookham Wood is one of the early adopter sites and can offer delegates a glimpse of the dynamic process now in motion. 

Speaker: Dr Celia Sadie, Lead Clinical Psychologist, CNWL, HMYOI Cookham Wood and Medway STC (Confirmed)

Speaker: CM Bobby Cunningham, Custodial Manager and Operational Secure Stairs Lead, HMYOI Cookham Wood (Confirmed)

Speaker: Peter Gates, NHS England Health and Justice Commissioning Manager, NHS England (Confirmed)


Breakout 1D: Lessons & learning from the new Youth Offending Service inspection programme


Breakout 1E: Looked after children, a different approach: The National Protocol on Reducing Criminalisation of Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Although the vast majority do not get in to trouble, looked after children and care leavers are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system (CJS).

This national protocol aims to inform social care and criminal justice agencies practice to ensure that looked-after children and care leavers are kept out of the CJS where possible. The session will cover the protocol’s underpinning principles and an example from Leeds Youth Justice Service reflecting how these can put in to practice.  We will explore the impact of the Leeds Youth Justice Service Child Looked After and Care Leaver Specialist role. 

Speaker: Andrew Brierley, CLA/CL Specialist Leeds Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andrew Baxter, Children in Care Outcomes Team, Department for Education (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andy Peaden, Head of Service, Leeds Youth Justice Service (Confirmed)


Breakout 1F: tbc 


Lunch, refreshments and networking  

Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your contact base by meeting counterparts from across the sector, visiting the exhibition and participating in the lunchtime workshops


Chair’s afternoon remarks

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)


Youth Justice Degree Ceremony Awards

Speaker: Colin Allars, Chief Executive, YJB (Confirmed)


Afternoon opening keynote address: Effective diversion and prevention

Speaker: Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire (Confirmed)


Effective diversion and prevention

Speaker: Andy Hood, Senior Head of Young People’s Services, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (Confirmed)

Speaker: Nick Corrigan, Director, Media Academy Cardiff (Confirmed)


Networking, refreshment break and transition



Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals


Breakout 2A: Driving best policy and practice: key messages from research

The panel will comprise three of the leading UK-based youth justice researchers who will each make a concise presentation in respect of (i) diversion (drawing on the ‘Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime’) (ii) local penal cultures and best practice (drawing on the ‘Comparative Youth Penality Project’) (iii) custodial transitions and resettlement (drawing on the ‘Beyond Youth Custody Programme’). The presentations will summarise the key messages from research and consider the means by which they can be used to drive best policy responses and practice developments. The session will provide ample opportunities for questions and discussion.

Speaker: Prof Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool (Confirmed)

Speaker: Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire (Confirmed)

Speaker: Prof Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh (Confirmed)


Breakout 2B: Unlocking potential: young person’s perspective on the skills of a YOT worker and meaningful participation

What makes a difference in the way that a Youth Justice worker engages with a young person? This youth-led panel discussion will start from the perspectives of some of our young advisors and explore their outlook on meaningful participation with two speakers from YOTs in England.  Practitioners on the panel will share some of their experiences of successful relationship building, followed by an open forum discussion on what might be additional skills that a YJ worker needs.

Speaker: Mairead Healy, Board member, YJB (Confirmed)


Breakout 2C: Reducing Youth Violence: Being Trauma Informed

A brief review of trauma as a product and driver of youth violence, an introduction to the trauma informed approach by the Youth Violence Intervention Programme YVIP) and the work of the YVIP teams with Major Trauma Centres/ED departments. Recruiting and supporting a trauma informed team.

Speaker: Imran Mahomed, Midlands Youth Violence Intervention Programme Manager, Redthread (Confirmed)


Breakout 2D: A visual communication tool to support practice conversations about service access

This workshop will introduce a hand-held, visually engaging communication tool that promotes discussions on service accessibility in practice. The tool will be designed with young people and printed on durable, reusable materials for repeated practice use:

  • Journey making is almost entirely absent from youth justice policy and practice guidance, with recent increased acknowledgment in the AssetPlus
  • Many young people within the youth justice system experience multiple disadvantage
  • A multitude of widely dispersed compulsory services respond to young people’s problems, meaning holistic responses have a high journey making burden.
  • Young people’s problems also present youth justice access problems (for example, problems paying for the bus, being confident to access unfamiliar places without parental support or read the bus timetable)
  • Absence rates for some youth justice appointments are as high as fifty per cent
  • Absence and lateness results in ineffective service delivery, young people’s unresolved problems and harsh punishment

Speaker: Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson, Lecturer in Criminology University of Birmingham (Confirmed)


Breakout 2E: tbc 


Breakout 2F: tbc 


Transition to main room


Closing keynote address


AYM John Hawkins Award


Chair’s closing remarks

Chair: Joel Hanna, Head of Service, Children Looked After Services, Leeds City Council (Confirmed)


Close of day 1

Day 2




Registration, refreshments and exhibition opening

An opportunity to develop contacts with counterparts from across the public sector and innovative private sector vendors over a cup of tea or coffee


Welcoming remarks and introduction

Chair: Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (Confirmed)


Morning opening keynote address: Serious youth violence

Speaker: Gwyneth Boswell, Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia (Confirmed)


Serious youth violence

Speaker: Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Public Service Reform, West Midlands Combined Authority (Confirmed)


Morning break and transition to breakout rooms



Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals


Breakout 3A: Building Bridges: Developments in Behaviour Management in the Secure Estate

The seminar will cover the development of YCS’s new behaviour framework, ‘Building Bridges’ and draw on learning from approaches developed in Public Sector Establishments. This new framework will replace the previous YJB Code of Practice 2012 and relevant aspects of the PSI on the Care and Management of Young People. Its development has involved engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and with young people, along with learning from the YCS’s Public Sector Strategy on Behaviour Management, which provides a whole system approach managing behaviour and enabling engagement in rehabilitative opportunities. 

Speaker: Adrian Stretch, Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement, YCS (Confirmed

Speaker: Dr Giles McCathie, Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Service Organisation, YCS (Confirmed

Speaker: Alisa Purton, Cluster Lead Psychologist for Youth Custody Services, YCS (Confirmed)


Breakout 3B: Youth Justice Reform – The Impact of Abuse, Loss, Trauma and Attachment

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in partnership with the West Midlands PCC and other key agencies are reforming youth justice in the West Midlands. As part of the evidence base for reform, the WMCA have commissioned research into the extent of abuse, loss, trauma and attachment (ALTA) for children in the justice system.  The case sample for this action research programme includes up to 100 cases and covers 12 local authorities. Claire Dhami, Implementation Director for Public Service reform and Inclusive Growth and Dr Alex Chard who is leading the research programme will provide initial findings from the research and consider the implications for youth justice reform.

Speaker: Claire Dhami, Implementation Director – Public Service Reform and Inclusive Growth, West Midlands Combined Authority (Confirmed)

Speaker: Alex Chard, Director, YCTCS Ltd (Confirmed)


Breakout 3C: Children’s rights in custody: A participatory approach

The workshop will explore how a rights based approach can protect children in and at risk of custody with a worked example of a rights based approach to the sentencing journey

Speaker: Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, The Howard League (Confirmed)

Speaker: Lorraine Atkinson, Senior Policy Officer, The Howard League (Confirmed)


Breakout 3D: Involving young people with lived experiences in the commissioning of youth health & justice services

Young people from Peer Power will lead a session designed to take delegates on their journey of commissioning health and justice services for young people.  Included will be; involvement in Liaison and Diversion specification design (London); involvement as Young Commissioners in the procurement process for Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (including Secure Outreach) for London (FCAMHS),and their involvement in supporting young people's involvement in healthcare in secure settings. The session will be of interest to delegates interested in the meaningful engagement and involvement of young people with lived experience (health and justice services) in the whole procurement cycle.

Speaker: Sinead Dervin, Head of Health and Justice Team, NHS England (Confirmed)

Speaker: Jo Brennan, Head of Innovation & Engagement – East & South East, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Ebinehita Iyere, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Peer Power (Confirmed)


Breakout 3E: Working together to reduce the over-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people within the Youth Justice System

The Over-representation of BAME young people within the Youth Justice System is well documented and is a complex issue. It is clear that many of the issues resulting in BAME young people entering the YJS are from disproportionate treatment and outcomes pre-YJS. Therefore it is important that we work together in addressing these issues. Within the session you will:

  • Be advised of the work the YJB are currently doing to address the disproportionality experienced within the YJS
  • Hear from Sandwell YOT as to how they utilised the Local Ethnicity Disproportionality Tool, current work they are doing to engage and work with  BAME young people 
  • Complete a Workshop session

Speaker: Keith Fraser, YJB Board Member – Lead for Disproportionality, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Michael Botham, Head of Service, Sandwell YOT (Confirmed)

Speaker: Adam Mooney, Programme Manager, YJB (Confirmed)

Speaker: Sabrina Dennis, CEO, First Class Legacy (Confirmed)


Breakout 3F: tbc


Lunch, refreshments and networking 

Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your contact base by meeting counterparts from across the sector and visiting the exhibition


Live Performance: Right Stuff Boxing Project




Afternoon opening keynote address


Transition to breakouts



Please choose one of 6 bespoke breakout sessions to attend, designed specifically for youth justice professionals (breakouts will be uploaded in due course)


Breakout 4A: Working effectively with gang-affected young women

Abianda is a social enterprise that works with young women aged 10-24 affected by gangs and county line activity, and delivers training to professionals working with them. All our training is co-facilitated by our Young Trainers – former service users trained to facilitate training and act as peer mentors for other young women. Professionals will hear about Abianda’s unique approach to working with gang-affected young women one-on-one work or in group settings; hear from Young Trainers about their experiences; and learn about the various roles of young women in gangs, the associated risks and the barriers they face in accessing services.

Speaker: Abi Billinghurst, Founder and CEO, Abianda (Confirmed)


Breakout 4B: YOT Talk: The impact of communication in youth justice assessment interviews

Effective communication is critical to engagement with children in the YJS. The evidence-base suggests that youth justice assessment contexts (e.g. locations, formats, language, content, power dynamics) can disengage young people and limit the validity (accuracy, completeness) of the assessment information that shapes interventions, factors exacerbated by speech, language and communication difficulties. The ‘YOT Talk’ project identifies and evaluates barriers/challenges to and enablers of effective communication in assessment contexts through observations, questionnaires and interviews/focus groups with children and staff in four YOTs – leading to an effective practice toolkit containing protocols and recommendations for enhancing communication and engagement within the YJS.

Speaker: Prof Stephen Case, Social and Policy Studies Unit, Loughborough University (Confirmed)

Speaker: Phil Rutherford, Head of Service, Walsall Youth Offending Team (Confirmed)


Breakout 4C: Utilising data to improve YOT performance


Breakout 4D: Constructive Resettlement and beyond

Professor Neal Hazel will introduce delegates to Constructive Resettlement and the YJB’s current work in this area including work with partners to identify and overcome key structural barriers to work.

The session will then focus upon the benefit of Constructive Resettlement for children in promoting a positive identity shift and explore the practical steps that services can take to embed key principles into their work around resettlement and beyond into a whole service approach.  

Delegates will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences on Constructive Resettlement.

Speaker: Professor Neal Hazel, YJB Board Member, University of Salford (Confirmed)

Speaker: Paula Williams, Board Member, YJB (Confirmed)


Breakout 4E: tbc


Breakout 4F: tbc


Transition to main room


Closing keynote


Close of day 2 and convention

Chair: Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (Confirmed)